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out their protests. and he is a man who lifted off from the los angeles olympics. we catch up with him. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. there is a fierce battle in syria. they are battling rebels for control. according to the united nations, 30 civilians are reported to have died there today alone. many more have already fled. our correspondent in cameraman were trapped there and sent this report, which contains graphic images of the casualties. >> the battle for aleppo is raging, and parts of this vast,
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ancient city are now at war. which means the ranks of the dead and wounded are growing. eight-year-old muhammed is peppered with shrapnel wounds from a government shell. his older cousins leg was torn apart in the attack, and the pain was too much. next to him is mohammad brother. he has just been pronounced dead. victims of a war with no end in sight. as you can get out of the city are, desperate to escape the shelling that does not discriminate between soldier and civilian. but notice how many of them are women and children. the men had stayed to fight.
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for those left behind, daily life is a tale of survival. the bakery has just opened for the first time in days. it is now the only place to give food here. the fighters try to control the crowd that is hungry and desperate. shortages make life hard. bombs and bullets make it unbearable. in aleppo, it is the weakest who suffer the most, and yet, the battle has just begun. there is news that government soldiers are heading this way, and the fighters are moving along to defend the area. this war pitches the government against an armed rebellion, syrian against syrian.
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and neither side can afford to lose this vital city. all armed with weapons, the rebels face daunting odds. as they race to support a unit that is trapped. the army is trying to take back these districts, but the resistance is stiff. the rebels are now advancing. the government forces are moving towards this area. the ducking behind a water cover, they move, pointing to snipers.
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the rebels have now moved. the government is trying to push into this area. it is a very confused situation. we know there are snipers all around here. it is an open area, and the sound rang out, and we cannot tell what direction they're coming from. one of the commanders has been shot. he is laying in the gutter, bleeding to death. a truck laden sniper fire to try to get him out. the troops attacked, and they had to pull back. guns blazing, they laid down covering fire. but by the time the man was hauled up, it was too late.
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three commanders from the same base died that day. we pulled back as more fighters came to help. for a while, they were pinned down. then en masse, they fought their way out. it will shape their region. it will leave many others bleeding and dying. bbc news, in alep [po, syria. >> a senior diplomat resigned, saying he could no longer support the violent and aggressive actions. john negroponte, the ambassador to the united nations. we were sitting there watching this report together. you do not often seen reports coming out of syria.
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when you see something like that, what does that make you want to have the international community do? >> that was very graphic reporting, and it is hard to imagine what the international community can do in these circumstances because i think we have excluded the possibility of sending in the international forces, so i think the best that can be done is to play a practic -- proactive role diplomatically and on the economic front, but the key question is now, how long will it be before there is some kind of a change in the political situation in syria? >> you have called for america being more proactive to shaping a longer-term solution. what exactly can the u.s. do more of >> well, first of all, it certainly can provide humanitarian assistance for those people fleeing syria, and
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we are seeing that is happening in increasing numbers, as we see there in aleppo, and we can try to give some shape to the political outcome. what kind of political outcome do we want to see when it mr. bashar leaves the country, and to do that, we have to work with countries like russia, of course, but one of the most immediate and effective neighbors, turkey. >> what about iran? iran is clearly a key player in the region. if iran does not sign on to what is agreed to -- >> i ambled skeptical about putting too much faith in working with iran because i think their main interest is to hang on and keep him in power at all costs, and i think they are providing him some of the wherewithal and some of the
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assistance needed to accomplish that. we are at odds with iran on the question of what will happen with syria, and whatever good will happen in syria will come in spite of iran. >> behind-the-scenes, do you see any signs of movement that we are not seeing in public that may give some cause for optimism that this will not go on indefinitely? >> not at this stage. i think the kinds of things that one has to be on the lookout for, of course, high-level defections. we saw some important ones today. if that trend continues. the other is if we start seeing some cooperation among the opposition forces, but that, too, has not yet materialized, and this is where i think we and others can work to help the opposition being a little bit more effective and cohesive. >> is the u.s. involved in the spring >> there have been
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contacts. we know that our embassador, even though he is no longer in syria, is still the ambassador to syria, and one of his tasks has been to maintain touch with the opposition. >> john negroponte's, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> pressure is rising on the european central bank to address the crisis. a sign of how widespread the concern is, today the u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner made an unexpected visit to his german counterpart while she was on holiday and issued this statement expressing confidence in the efforts to support the euro. here is our correspondent. >> a quiet hotel on the north sea island might seem like an unlikely venue for the meeting of two policymakers, but these are unusual times. u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner, concerned about the
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euro zone crisis, sought a meeting with the german minister on his holiday. in a statement, they said there was a need for global cooperation to resolve debt problems. momentum is building, possibly to be unveiled at the european central bank on thursday. its chief promised last week to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. investors took that to mean that ecb would help countries like spain by buying up their iou'e and government bonds. they purchased bonds for 2010, but that seems to be reluctant to do it anymore. a pledge to intervene, hoping that will persuade markets it means business, or it could expand, spending billions more to ease market pressures. >> the ecb president mario
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draghi might have other ideas as well. he knows there are critics in germany, for example, his think the ecb has been going beyond its legal power by flashing out italy dealing with government debt. >> the euro zone government bond market. we do not know if mario draghi will have the backing. >> and there was another reminder of the euro zone problems with news that the spanish recession has deepened. that makes it harder for the government to bring down its debt and tougher for the spanish people to get by. >> once every two weeks instead of once every week. >> spain is getting its teeth, and it may need more help. the question is, can the
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leadership, but something? bbc news. >> a look at some other news now, in libya, it has been ruled that three h.i.v.-positive women had their rights violated when they were forced to undergo operations to sterilize them. they were told they could only agreed to be sterilized. it was said they were coerced and that their rights were violated. 12 counts of first-degree murder for the suspect in the colorado shooting in america. there are two murder charges for each of the people he is accused of killing. today in russia, the members of one park band pled not guilty to charges of hooliganism. the case was brought in to national attention after the three women sang at the main
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cathedral, a testament of the vladimir putin treatment of dissent just months into his new term. we have this story. >> block to behind bulletproof glass in a moscow court room, the three young women at the center of a trial that mixes high politics with high religion. today, they denied desecrating the mosque with an angry protest. they were held for months before the trial, despite the fact that two of them had young children. this is their own video of the performance which savages and vladimir putin and the church hierarchy.
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in court, one of the women said she had apologized for any offenses. >> maybe we made an ethical mistake, but an ethical mistake should not be punished as a crime. >> they are divided. we found some worshipers who were generally outraged by their actions. >> it was blasphemy. they need to go to prison. >> the case is being heard against a background of political upheaval in moscow. they have started making life difficult for the opposition. even raiding their homes and businesses. today, the most prominent opposition activist was summoned to the russian equivalent of the fbi.
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some human-rights and pro- democracy groups have been told they must register as foreign agents. how worried are you about the big clampdown on the opposition? >> i have no great joy about it, but i am not scared. for the past four years, there has not been a day that someone has not told me i am going to end up in jail. >> the opposition claim the kremlin controls the criminal justice system. base say their fate will not be decided bthe judge but by vladimir putin himself. bbc news, moscow. >> you are watching "bbc world news america." we will go live to london where the olympic action is underway, and the chinese are doing back flips about gymnastics gold. in india, power has been restored to millions of homes
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after one of the biggest power cuts ever. even the water supply in nine states in the north of the country were affected and up to 370 million people felt the impact target that is more than the population of the u.s. and canada combined. we have a report now from delhi. >> on the tracks, but not on the move. they were stranded in northern india after a massive power grid failure lasting six hours. the metro in the capital city of delhi, which normally carries 1.8 million passengers daily, was also temporarily shut, which means lots of waiting around. >> of the water. and then there were the problems. the entire country was at a standstill.
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>> bit chaotic roads were even more congested. more than 300 million people were affected by the power failure, which officials blamed on overloading due to high demand for electricity in the summer months. the vast majority of services have now been restored. smaller scale power cuts are prominent across the country. they said the power infrastructure needs to be urgently and proved to be able to cope with the demand of a growing economy. bbc news, delhi. >> meanwhile, in pakistan, power cuts there have sparked violent protests across the country. the government says the problem was exacerbated by a storm that damaged a power station in southern prince jag province -- southern punjab province.
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it has been another full day at a london olympics with some great action, a handful of metals, and some controversy. we are joined live from the olympic park. still enjoying that incredible view. better news for the americans. >> it certainly was. hello again. yes, two golds for the u.s. of a., a terrific performance from one woman, just 17 years of age, but she came through in the 100- meter backstroke to just clipped about other women from australia. there are the 17-year-old stars from these games. another one in the united states, the men's 100-meter backstroke. that was a one-two. much better news for the usa,
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and at the moment, up to five goals. >> and how are the chinese doing? >> out in front, china has nine goals. they had more today. the last one in gymnastics. on the day, they were absolutely flawless. they won the gold. there was some confusion in the end, because as a last resort, japan had fourth. there was an issue with the pommel horse. it the japanese appealed, and as a result of that appeal, it was
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upheld, and they went to the silver position. britain place, and the ukraine missed out altogether. >> controversy? >> yes. another of those incidents where you just think, oh, my goodness, social medium being the way it is, you have to be careful because it is so public. this was a sensitive remark after switzerland was beaten by south korea in the football competition. he posted a trade which was offensive to the south korean people. with that too much, he was expelled from the swiss team. there was one last week he was ejected from the games for doing exactly the same thing. >> what a shame. joining me from london after a very busy day. now that the games are in full swing, one person who can rest able easier is danny boyle, the
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man behind the ceremonies. they were talking about parachuting into the stadium. it will become part of the olympic history. 25 years after a los angeles hosted the games with a man flying across in a jet pack, which wowed the crowd. he relived that memory. >> i am willie to my friends, and i guess a lot of people know me as the rocket man. the inventor of the rocket belt was our neighbor, wendell, and i used to cut his lawn, said nepotism is an absolutely wonderful thing. i was hoping to become an architect. ok, this is a rear view of a typical rocket belt. you have two tanks on the
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outside. it will totally hold about 6 gallons. i knew that was not going to be it for me, so i joined the army, and i ran into wendell in the grocery store, and he said, "what are you doing?" and i said i was going to quit school and joined the army, and he said no, no, no. i worked at bell from 1964 until 1970 as a rocket built pilot. i did the flight for the opening ceremonies for the los angeles olympics. it was absolutely amazing to stand up there, 90 feet above the floor of the stadium, and you look out, all of these people. and it is like, oh, my, they are all watching. it hits all of your senses begin as it is extremely loud, and then there is the visual impact
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of seeing a man fly through the air with no visible means of support. you see there, we have a rocket man. so they said, to a worldwide audience of over 2 billion people, i heard that, and if you're ever going to fall on your ass in public, this was not the time to do it. it literally exploded off of the stage. i never had a take off like that. it blew me out. you know, it was the flight of flights. to this day, with all of the flights i am scene, and then the ones i have made, i still almost get goosebumps watching a live rocket belt flight.
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>> william there, better known as the rocket man, bringing are sure to a close. i am katty kay. thank you all so much for watching. >> makes sense of international news at bbc.com/news. \>> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank.
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